About Me


I was born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC. I graduated from Prince Rupert Senior Secondary and completed my undergraduate education at the University of British Columbia. I have a Bachelor of Science majoring in chemistry with a concentration in mathematics and a Bachelor of Education specializing in secondary mathematics, chemistry, and science. I taught for 16 years in public schools on the Sunshine Coast, BC teaching Math 8-12, Chemistry 11/12, Earth Science 11, and Calculus 12. During my teaching career, I held several teacher leadership roles as the professional development school representative, mathematics department head, and staff representative. I completed my Masters Degree from Simon Fraser University in Curriculum and Instruction in 2001. My comprehensive exam focused on building math learning communities for all with the “Cayley’s Cafe.” I left teaching in public schools in 2010 to pursue doctoral research and self-employment as an independent educational consultant. In 2011, I was elected as a school trustee for the Sunshine Coast Board of Education and now I am in my second term. I served 3-years on the British Columbia School Trustees Association Board of Directors and participated on the Math K-9 Curriculum Development Team as part of BC’s New Curriculum. I completed my Doctor of Education in 2017 in Educational Leadership at Simon Fraser University. My research focused on the professional learning experiences of out-of-field secondary mathematics teachers and their subject-matter acquisition. A copy of my dissertation and abstract is attached below as a link to the SFU Library. I remain connected to BC educators as one of #bcedchat’s co-moderators on Twitter and secondary representative on the BC Association of Mathematics Teachers Committee. I love living on the Sunshine Coast and I am a proud mom and lifelong learner. 

SFU Educational Leadership – Faculty of Education

Dissertation Title: The Professional Learning Experiences of Non-Mathematics Subject Specialist Teachers: A Descriptive Study (2017)

Link to my dissertation: http://summit.sfu.ca/item/17485


  • Independent Educational Consultant at “Christine Younghusband”
  • Sessional Instructor at Simon Fraser University
  • Research Assistant at Simon Fraser University
  • Sessional Instructor at St. Mark’s College
  • School Trustee with SD46 (Sunshine Coast) Board of Education
    • Chair of the SD46 Policy Committee
    • Elected BCPSEA/BCSTA Representative
    • Member of the SD46 Education Committee
    • Member of the SCRD Joint Use Committee
    • South Coast Branch Secretary
  • #BCEdChat Co-Moderator on Twitter, Sundays at 7pm PST
  • BC Association of Mathematics Teachers Secondary Representative
  • Member of the Sunshine Coast Community Future (CF) Board of Directors
    • CF Nominations & Corporate Governance Committee Chair
  • St. Mark’s College Professional Development Workshop Facilitator
  • Member, BC School Trustees Association Board of Directors
    • Liaison to the BCSTA Legislative Committee
    • Liaison to the Vancouver Island School Trustees’ Association Branch
    • Member of the BCSTA Curriculum Development Committee